PROGRAM 2014

For over thirty years, the Master of Landscape Architecture from the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya of Barcelona, plays a significant role in the international panorama since it trains to become Landscape Architects according to the parameters set by the training EFLA. In 2008, ACMA Centro Italiano di Architettura, has organized a modular program (2250 hours of which 750 Front desk / 90 credits), divided in design workshops and intensive seminars. This system allows students to complete the Master in eighteen months only, a unique training is accomplished with the presence of an exclusive team of teachers who also are the protagonists of the international Landscape design panorama. A real journey of research and education in constant growth thanks to the activities on field, through the innovative themes identified together with the authorities and institutions responsible of the land development and control, as required by the international protocols of the environment and the European Landscape Convention. The Master and the postgraduate courses of ACMA provide credits issued by the Foundation UPC of Barcelona. The programs meet the requirements for obtaining scholarships to full coverage of the expense, provided by several foundations, corporations and public institutions (provinces, regions) even international. The master is directed by Jordi Bellmunt, director of the master and of the European Biennial of Landscape of Barcelona, Joao Nunes, owner of the studio PROAP studies and projects of landscape architecture in Lisbon, and Antonio Angelillo, director of the organizing center of ACMA in Milan.

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Focus on landscape. Comparison of international experience Open lectures. Milan 2014

Landscape is becoming ever more a key topic in the contemporary world. Not only because the European Landscape Convention signed over ten years ago in Florence triggered a series of protection and valorisation norms in our country, on behalf of the public bodies but also because it obliged universities and professional associations to programme new figures and revise the planning culture. Yet the very culture of a country which boasts an envied density of cultural assets on its territory as well as a long history of norms for their protection, turns out to be paralysed, frozen before the challenge of modernity, the proposal of development and the relative infrastructurisation of the territory, which the current globalisation processes are imposing. The initiative includes a series of meetings with some landscapists, lecturers from the Masters in Landscape Architecture UPC-ACMA and interpreters of the main international experiences, which are open to the public. These meetings will be a moment of exchange and comparison on themes which are becoming increasingly topical, not merely for technicians and professionals in the sector but also for stimulating a widespread awareness in the people who must necessarily share the collective landscape assets. [go to page]

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Alternative/Milano. Comparisons and projects for the possible faces of the city.
Debates. Milan 2014

Milan is experiencing a moment of decisive choices for the construction of its future image. The big building projects triggered off by the estate groups are rapidly changing the face of entire parts of the city, whose skyline is ever more connoted by the most varied and original skyscrapers. However, these interventions as a whole appear to be the result of disjointed estate evaluations rather than articulate urban redesigning. Nonetheless, large spaces are still available for the characterisation of new areas of the future city. From resolving environmental emergencies to designing new infrastructures, from creating the network of bicycle tracks to valorising the extraordinary heritage of the Southern Agricultural Park, from designing public spaces in the recently built residential neighbourhoods to creating new urban parks and betting on Expo: experts and local technicians, protagonists of the most significant international experiences, young landscapists and representatives from local institutions will discuss proposals and concrete planning formulations with the aim of involving the citizens in these choices offering a better future for the city of Milan. [go to page]

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The public space project. Design laboratory 05 MODULE [150 hours]
Milan, march-june 2014

Nowadays, working on public spaces represents a planning challenge and reason for thought. Whilst indeed, on the one hand society experiences the dramatic loss of belonging to collective and shared values, of the concept of “public”, on the other, the unspecified extension of the sense of urbanity even to the country-side, other than naturalistic settings, seen in architecture in the widespread use of typological models and uniform materials produced by semifinished products industry, is able to uniform the space, diminish the differences and demean the context. New areas of goods and experience consumption have substituted local markets and public gardens, large transport infrastructures, roads and avenues lined with trees as well as the telematic squares have taken the place of urban squares…The traditional models to which the the public spaces were linked are going through an identity crisis due to their very nature; a crisis which planners are summoned to sort out by sensible reconstruction, beginning from the intrinsic qualities of the spaces. [go to page]

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Bart Brands. Landscapes of contemporary production
Design workshop. Milan, March 26th – 30th 2014

The dynamics of globalization have prevailed over local technical cultures: this aspect becomes evident when crossing European landscapes whose diversification and complexity, due to their historical and geographical nature, are progressively fading. Areas which do not find their role in the global economy, and as a result specialise, are abandoned. In fact, with the exception of great conurbations – dense in services, infrastructure and facilities – two kinds of landscapes, although sides of the same coin, coexist: the world of hyper-production. In recent decades, this phenomenon has led to the exacerbation of intensive production-related techniques and procedures in the food sector as well as other consumer goods. This has resulted in a stressed territory, subjugated by the laws of natural and social resource exploitation, with little concern for local communities’ interests and ways of life. While searching for a destiny for yesterday’s urban industrial areas and imagining proposals for future places of work, the remains of what made today’s productive processes possible are left abandoned in deserted countrysides. [go to page]

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Roger Narboni. Lights in landscape. Lighting design in parks and public spaces
Design workshop. Milan, May 7th – 11th 2014

It is known that site’s perception changes during days and seasons. If observed with attention, places look always different, landscape is never the same. Mostly because of weather and of lighting variations, which often reveal unknown details, specific elements of reality usually unseen. Uncontrolled use of electric lighting levels differences, causing lighting pollution that falsifies historic centers and landscapes, this because of excessive lights and of fanciful designing lights often not coherent with context. New generation of lighting technologies bring to unexplored fields and to new spatial experimentations, in which is possible to join needs of visibility and safety to free use of parks and public spaces during evening times and to energetic efficiency and environmental respect. Is possible to design site’s lighting starting from its specific characters, giving importance to its specific qualities and to variations of light and shadow on it. Led lights, lighting volumes and interactive elements, between installations site-specific are used to set up perceptual experiences, to reinvent a place, and to join design approach to most advanced environmental art experiences. [go to page]

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Dublin. Suspended territories
Cultural trip. 21st – 25th May 2014

The temporal acceleration of the past two decades has activated conspicuous urban processes in the historical drowsiness of built Dublin: on one hand the ambition for a monumental city representative of the “Celtic Tiger” (the glazed Docklands, Grand Canal Square featuring Libeskind, Martha Schwartz and M.Aires Mateus, the CDD by Kevin Roche), on the other the intensification or the establishment of optimistic additional residential developments (Adamstown, Park West). The post-crisis scenario, while leaving empty the new receptacles often unfinished, has on the contrary highlighted the value of mending operations: urban regeneration schemes (Ballymun, Smithfield), mobility infrastructure (Luas), re-qualification of vacant areas (Poppintree Park), reinvention of interstice spaces, to the continental model, (O’Connell Street Landscape, Liffey Board-walk) in order to mediate macro-parks’ traditional scale. Against this background of hinted future and suspended functions, the contemporary capital’s identity is now remodelling itself, putting into play new forms of transformation based on active mobilization and collective participation. [go to page]

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Jean-Michel Landecy. Milan 2014: The territory observatory #2.
Photographic Workshop. Milan, 4th – 8th June 2014

In order to represent the effective dimension of inhabited and dilated territories, shown as unlimited nebulae by satellite photographs, topographic maps are no longer exhaustive. These recognise the urban condition merely in the presence of urban continuity. In the transforming territories scenario, photography, inscribed into the space of architecture and urban landscape, asserts itself as an analytical tool of remarkable clarity and immediacy, in merging both perception and application notions. Contrasting the common idea that the current inflation deprives images of their content and trivializes them, photographic creation develop new ways of registering, analysing and understanding such transformations. Describing, analysing and instructing represent the three necessary functions to renovate our attitude toward the contemporary landscape: an analytical tool able to monitor and address the future development of each different context. To establish, through the Observatory, a comprehensive vision of all the transformations affecting both natural and built environment, means to reveal the territory identity on its multiplicity and to orientate its changing course. [go to page]

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Remaking landscapes. International design seminar. Expo Lisbon, toward urban mending. Lisbon, 22nd – 31st july 2014

A few issues remain outstanding in order to complete Lisbon’ s ancient Expo project: its liaisons with the surrounding quarters and their connection to the city centre. Extending for 330 ha – a third of which dedicated to a public park – and spanning for 5 kilometres of coast, Parque das Naçoes represents today a urban reality, densely populated and rich in services and facilities, one among the privileged hubs for advanced cultural and leisure activities and therefore a valuable heritage to the whole metropolitan area. Unfortunately the effect induced by its presence has not yet improved the deprived adjoining neighbourhoods of Chelas, Olivais, Moscavide and Encarnaçao, born in the industrialization era and abutting on the ancient productive complex boundaries, where, on reclaimed land, the Expo has been built in 1998. Twenty years after the conception of the project which has changed the face of the Portuguese capital, Lisbon municipality now intends to insert in the agenda of urgent urban political actions one of the implicit argumentation which have sustained its very realization. [go to page]

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Laboratory. Territory care: “landscape as common good”. Project studio MODULE 04, 150 hours
Milan, Autumn 2014

Territory care is not a slogan but a need. Protection, safeguard and maintenance are often borne with intolerance by local communities as causes of excessive restrictions on their economical expectations. Nevertheless the same communities are nowadays so disoriented in choosing development models appropriate to the effectively available resources to cause irreparable conflicts in the environment and to preclude future perspectives of possible new economical managements. Mass tourism, production and mining related procedures, intensive farming: they are basically abstract activities drawn by easy profits, which rise and spread over the landscape transforming it in a conquered territory, often causing the preceding functional systems to become marginal, abandoned and deteriorated while making the present arrangements unstable. This attitude puts more strain on the local communities constitutional system which seems even frailer in the absence of a shared political project based on the awareness of landscape as a “common good” and on its possible use for sustainable activities whose shares could be equally allocated.[go to page]

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Victor Ténez Ybern. Territories vulnerability: evaluation and planning
Design workshop. Milan, 10th-14th september 2014

The new economical paradigm, whose most evident effects involve rural regression and soil consumption for residential or industrial purposes, jeopardises the security of the territory and of the local communities. The already collapsing conditions which, commonly, Italian intensely anthropized and historically structured environments face are furthermore dramatically threatened by exceptional meteorological events. The reasons are often various and not automatically related to climate changes, incautious planning solutions or to technical miscalculations which could be the causes of such casualties. Compared to the degradation practices of the systems which have supported the territory artificialization and its utilization for agricultural and forest related productions, safeguarding strategies and hydro-geological protective restrictions act as simple soothing measures. Evaluating territories vulnerability – by means of predisposing precautionary interventions and setting up easily applicable maintenance rules also effective for punctual and limited projects– signifies investing in landscape today to prevent the costs, even economical, of tomorrow. [go to page]

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Michael Van Gessel. Landscapes of reconstruction. From natural calamities to environmental disasters
Design workshop. Milan, 8th-12th september 2014

Earthquakes, floods, fires, but also explosions, illicit dumping, toxic chemical leaking: we should number natural calamities or environmental disasters related events, caused directly or indirectly by men, among the main causes of rapid landscape transformations. Facing the instant loss of a collective heritage, thought long-lasting and available to all, we feel bewildered and helpless; even more so if we believe little is been done to prevent such loss, which often accounts for human lives. Calamities ensuing investments on the territory tend often to further distort it, to heal, at best, the wounds caused by the traumatic event which still remains legible on the territory palimpsest although we wish it dissipated through the oblivion of the stricken community’s daily life. Planning the recovery after a catastrophe – according to a new dynamic balance among its constituting elements – represents nowadays an ethic need, the authentic compensation toward the environment so often exposed to human unrestrained actions. [go to page]

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Anna Zahonero Xifré. Ecological networks. Planning through bio-diversity in the urban environment.
Design workshop. Milan, 22nd–26th october 2014

The strict juxtaposition between the building construction and the “nothingness” around it, which has so far supported the self-centered development of modern cities, tends to be overtaken by new project conditions, so conceived to make the anthropic presence relative toward other living communities. This vision, validated by Western society’s degrowth, has lead to the consolidation of scientific studies and legislation systems intended to safeguard bio-diversity, now considered the intrinsic and measurable value of a place, a collective heritage. Despite this acknowledgment, the interventions intended to mediate the licit social needs and the enhancement of such asset are still sporadic in densely populated metropolitan areas. Highly natural areas, buffers, wildlife corridors, punctual areas: ecological networks represent nowadays a wonderful tool to experiment comprehensive multidisciplinary planning methodologies aimed at the creation of a new human habitat. [go to page]

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